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, celebrating the life of nelson mandela and world leaders are expected to travel to south africa. president obama is expected to be one of them. reporting live from washington, i'm steve handelsman. back to you. >> thank you. our coverage continues this evening. shomari stone rushed to the south african embassy this afternoon and he joins us live from there. shoma shomari? >> reporter: good evening, we are on massachusetts avenue and drivers are coming by, honking their horns, some putting up their fist paying tribute to nelson mandela. there is a fence here. why? the embassy is under construction. you look behind me and you can see this ten foot statue paying tribute to nelson mandela. it was unveiled two months ago. his fist raised in a power salute. it's in northwest d.c. activists staged sit ins and protests and spurred the u.s. to pose sanctions. let's roll video of mr. mandela. he was africa's former president who helped break the country system of racial discrimination. he died this evening, age 95. south african president jacob zuma announced the death at a somber news conference. p
with news 4 and www.nbcwashington.com for continuing coverage of remembering the life of nelson mandela. you can see photos of mandela from throughout his life. >>> rainfalling all day. didn't stop festivities at the christmas tree lighting ceremony. it's an annual tradition going back 91 years. president obama, the first lady and daughters, malia and sasha flipped the switch lighting up this mighty spruce. somewhere in the crowd, through the fog is mark segraves. a little rain didn't stop the crowds from coming out, mark? >> reporter: absolutely not. the wind is making it much worse. when the wind blows, it makes it cold. you can feel the rain. a lot of people have been trickling out. thousands remain. the queen of sole just wrapped up. we are getting ready to hear from train momentarily. a half hour to 40 minutes ago, the first family showed up and flipped the switch. >> we are going start at five. >> yeah let's do five. >> because it's a little wet. we shouldn't start at ten. all right? everybody ready? >> yeah! >> five four three, two, one -- >> whew! ♪ >> reporte
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